The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) Workers' Union has approached the Bombay high court seeking that the civic body be directed to implement its (HC's) 2008 order wherein it (BMC) was directed to take necessary steps to ensure safety of civic conservancy workers.
HC had also asked BMC to initiate action against those responsible for "playing with lives of people".
The issue had come to light following a letter by activist Kewal Semlani highlighting that several conservancy workers had died due to BMC's negligence as it had not provided them with basic safety equipment, such as gloves.
HC had even rapped BMC for its lackadaisical attitude towards the safety and hygiene of its conservancy workers.
The court had taken suo moto cognisance of Semlani's letter highlighting the sorry state of affairs of the conservancy workers, resulting in high number of deaths among them. Semlani had sought that the PIL be converted into a criminal writ petition and action be initiated against those responsible for "playing with lives of people".
Pointing out the information he had received under the Right to Information Act, Semlani had said that, on an average, at least two conservancy worked died every three days. According to information received by Semlani, 122 conservancy workers lost their lives between April 1, 2007, and September 30, 2007.
Rapping BMC, HC had asked it to be concerned about human lives and provide better facilities. HC had even threatened the corporation with criminal action against the municipal commissioner if it failed to come clean on what actions it has taken to provide basic safety equipment.
A division bench of chief justice Mohit Shah and justice MS Sonak has kept the matter for hearing after two weeks.